The videogame industry might have lost some of its retail strength, but come the holiday season, games still regularly top people's gift lists.
There's no better place to get a look at what's coming down the road than E3 – but too often, the games that get the bulk of the spotlight won't be out until the following year (or two, or sometimes three).
Selecting a "best of show” game is a fool's mission, given the number of titles on display and the limited time to see them all. But it is possible to get a better sense of which games will connect with players.
As we do each year, we've compiled a list of the games you can expect to be in demand this coming holiday season. Keep in mind, though, that while all of these titles are currently slated for a 2012 release, delays are regular occurrences in the video game industry – and there's no guarantee they'll make it to stores on schedule.
By Chris Morris, Special to CNBC.com
Posted 7 June 2012